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The majority of texts and materials on this site have something to do with the Latin language, including its perception and use in popular culture (Latin quotes, tattoos, mottos, engravings, inscriptions etc). Among the highlights are a free Latin Dictionary Assistant (a Windows interface for W. Whitaker's "Latin Words"), Latin Love poems, a Latin Motto Generator, Latin quotes & phrases, Antique engraved rings, and Legal Latin phrases, quotes & writs. Enjoy!


She flies with her own wings

 
Thursday, November 29, 2007, 20:53 - Latin Language, Latin Translation, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans, State mottos
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Alis volat propriis
She flies with her own wings


I am becoming more convinced that if one wants to adopt a good motto it is best to start with a classical quotation. Reasons? See above - the Oregon state motto. I was not able to find any related quotation in the body of Latin literature, both classical and medieval.

Honestly, would it make much sense if someone attempted to fly not by her or his own wings? What does this even mean? Is it a sign of some great achievement, to fly with your own wings? It's like speaking with your own voice and so on. I suppose this reveals some degree of self-sufficiency, but not exactly enough to be perceived as a personal trait that would get you noticed...

Blogger's vocabulary

 
Thursday, November 29, 2007, 02:25 - Latin Language, Latin Translation, Medical Latin Terminology
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Vomitione urgente - Vomiting being severe.

Sometimes, these are exactly the words one searches for while participating in an online discussion. I would even abbreviate it to VU.
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Medical Latin

 
After looking up a few medical Latin wordlists and having not found in them even the good old rigor mortis, I decided to start my own updated list of medical terminology and phrases in Latin. Nothing spectacular, but it does fill a certain void. My main reference was
'A Handbook of materia medica, pharmacy and therapeutics' by Samuel Otway Lewis Potter (1898).

http://www.inrebus.com/medicallatin.php
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Thus always to tyrants

 
Sic Semper Tyrannis.
Thus always to tyrants.


This is of course, state motto of Virginia. But here is a curious, although sincere, example of using Latin in English poetry:

Sic Semper Tyrannis"
By E. H. O. Clark."

Sic semper tyrannis," vile southron?
You murdered your own truest friend!
And may God now have pity for traitors
Man's patience has come to an end!"

Sic semper tyrannis," 0 madman?
He marshalled to freedom a race!
He led us to battle with tyrants;
To dare look the right in the face!"

Sic semper tyrannis" assassin?
Behold a whole nation in black!
And hark to the curse of its millions
That rumbles along your track !"

Sic semper tyrannis," O Heaven !
That motto for slavery's knife;
While died the great servant of freedom,
As martyrdom sainted his life !

Sic semper tyrannis," God help us
To bear it the deed and the loss;
The crime that has scarcely been mated
Since Jesus was nailed to the cross!"

Sic semper tyrannis" Our Father
In Heaven, we swear unto Thee,
Once more over him thou hast taken,
All men shall be equally free!


Troy Daily Times, Sat., April 22d, 1865


I was very surprised that this phrase is also the motto of Allentown, PA. Some serious investigation into the history of this quiet town is required...

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